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Looking to regain his status as one of the premier super middleweights in the world, former World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association (WBC/WBA) 168-pound champion Mikkel “The Viking Warrior’’ Kessler will return to the ring for the first time in 14 months when he faces Mehdi Bouadla on Saturday, June 4, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 12-rounder between Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs), of Denmark, and Bouadla (23-3, 11 KOs), of France, will be shown before the LIVE Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal on SHOWTIME (delayed on the West Coast) between defending WBC titlist Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) and former world champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., at Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
By Team Maidana
After learning in the media that WBA regular Super Lightweight champion Amir Khan would be facing either Zab Judah or Robert Guerrero next July 23rd, Team Maidana Team wants to contact Team Khan in order to coordinate details of the ceremony in which Mr. Khan will have to hand out his title to Mr. Maidana.
In order to avoid Mr. Khan any inconvenience as he would probably be in training camp at the time and we do not intend to cause any distractions to him Team Maidana wants to inform that we will be more than happy to receive the WBA title from Mr. Khan’s own hands either in London or Manchester in the always lovely England. Otherwise, we are willing to organize a big party in Argentina for which, of course, we would pay all travel expenses for Mr. Khan and companions. (more…)
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Main Events returned this past Friday to the Prudential Center’s intimate AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, NJ with hard hitting Columbian Joel Julio (37-4, 31 KOs) earning a workmanlike, but one sided unanimous decision over late replacement Anges Adjaho (17-6, 9 KOs) of Benin, Africa in the main event of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card. In the co-feature, undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (13-0, 7 KOs) had to survive a few tense moments in the eighth and final round along with a power outage to capture a unanimous decision over a game but outgunned John Revish (9-4-2, 8 KOs) . . . Click here for more
Fighting rising heavyweight star Stefan Struve is sort of like facing the same dilemma Luke Skywalker and his buddies dealt with when trying to take out the Death Star in Star Wars. You’ve got a small window of opportunity, so you’d better strike fast and strike accurately. Otherwise, you’re in trouble.” . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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Photo: Zanfer Promotions
Zanfer Promotions has announced a three year contract renewal with IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Títere” Vazquez (28-3, 12 KOs). He won the belt in September 2010 and has made two defenses to date. Promoter Fernendo Beltran said there are many plans for Vazquez including a possible title unification or big fights in the 140lb division, as well.
After signing a three year contract with Prize Fight Boxing Promotions, undefeated welterweight prospect, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KO’s), makes his way back to the ring after a one year layoff. The hard punching Mayfield who hails from San Francisco California, will battle former world champion Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KO’s) in a ten round bout. The fight is set to take place in Austin, Texas on Friday June 17, 2011 and will be televised live on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights as the co-feature to Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KO’s) vs. Michael Medina (24-3-2, 19 KO’s).
6’7 former heavyweight title challenger “Big” Michael Grant (47-4, 35 KOs) is seeking a high level heavyweight opponent for his next fight. Grant reports: “Since my knockout of Tye Fields in March, we are having difficulty finding a high-ranking heavyweight willing to fight me. I am ready to step up to the highest level available and will fight any of the top heavyweights willing to get in the ring with me.” The 38-year-old Grant’s longtime attorney and management advisor Jim Thomas added, “Mike is one of the most athletically gifted and powerful heavyweights ever, and at one point he was the most highly-regarded heavyweight in the world. He has had some bad breaks along the way, but he has fought through them, and I believe he is now once again one of the best and most dangerous heavyweights in the world. We are looking for a high-ranking heavyweight with the courage to get in the ring with Mike, and we do not have a promoter, so a fight ought to be easy to arrange.”
Photo: Top Rank
Omar “The Businessman” Chavez the youngest boxing son of Mexican legend, Julio Cesar Chavez will be in action this Saturday night in Mexicali, Mexico in the main event of the boxing series “Top Rank Live” when he takes on Genaro Tranzancos in a 10 round welterweight bout that will be televised live from the “Palenque Fex” by Fox Deportes in the United States and by TV Azteca in Mexico.
Chavez (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico has been training the past six weeks with his older brother, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California getting ready for the fight. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Leopoldo Gonzalez/Canelo Promotions
WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez began strength and endurance training in preparation for his battle against British southpaw Ryan Rhodes, scheduled for June 18 at the Arena VFG in Tlajomulco, Jalisco, Mexico. Alvarez is already running between four and five miles in the mountains of Big Bear California, plus jogging beside a beautiful lake. Everything is perfect weather for his preparation. For more details and photos click here…
“You was hard and nasty. You had this cast iron jaw. But then the worst thing happened to you that could happen to any fighter. You got civilized.” . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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Televisa’s “Sabados De Corona” is back on Saturday as former two-division world champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares of Venezuela squares off against Colombia’s Francisco Cordero in a 10 round fight for the WBA International lightweight title at the Mazatlan International Center in Mazatlan, Mexico. In the main event, unbeaten Pedro Guevara battles Mario Rodriguez in a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver light flyweight championship. The fights will also be available in the United States as AT&T is exclusively delivering the series across three screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members.
Sports history was made Saturday night when Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s), at 46 years old, dethroned 28-year-old WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KO’s), making Hopkins the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title.
“It feels great,” said Hopkins “I did exactly what I wanted to do, which was break this record. I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I wasn’t going to be denied. You don’t get a chance to do this too often. You are supposed to win titles when you are younger…in your twenties, not when you’re 46. I didn’t feel 46 tonight. I felt more like 36. I can say I am a great fighter. It was exciting. I think everybody enjoyed themselves.
“I have been accused of being boring, but I saved the best for last. I am going to fight like this [with a more exciting style] as long as I am boxing. I believe I am an entertainer. When you are in your last performances, you give it all you’ve got.” (more…)
“I was on the edge of my seat every round,” said George Foreman on 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins breaking his record as oldest fighter to win a world championship. “It was such an exciting fight. Bernard was the better athlete, the smarter fighter and was in the better condition. Now that a 46 [year-old] has done it, next a 47[year-old], a 48[year-old], a 49[year-old] and a 50 [year-old] will do it, and if somebody does it at 60, then I’ll have to get back in there.
“Look, Hopkins did push-ups. What great conditioning, and he did it in Pascal hometown. Isn’t that something? He was just so much better. I’m happy for Hopkins and I’m happy for mature athletes.
“If my record goes down, you want to see it go down that way. If it was the Olympics, Bernard gets the Gold Medal and breaks the record for the world championship. This was the best I’ve seen Bernard take charge of the fight with a young strong champion like Pascal. Long live the king.”
Foreman was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer for the heavyweight title on November 5, 1994, 192 days younger than Hopkins when he captured his title.
UPDATE: Prize Fight VP of Operations Nate Yoder stated to FightNews “Majewski is not fighting Bunema. Majewski will still fight on the June 11th card and an opponent for him will soon be announced.”
Undefeated middleweight Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (16-0, 11 KOs) will face his first major test on June 11 when he faces former world title challenger Alex Bunema (31-8-2, 17 KOs) at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, MS for the vacant NABO and IBF International middleweight titles. The event, entitled “TNT at the DCC”, is promoted by Prize Fight Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Global Boxing, and will be headlined by the ten round heavyweight match between former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman against Galen Brown. Majewski is a native of Radom, Poland but now resides in Atlantic City, NJ. He is promoted by Global Boxing Promotions, and is trained by Bill Johnson, father of former lightweight champion Leavander Johnson. Bunema just went ten rounds less than a week ago with Andy Lee, losing 100-90 on all cards.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will partner with Texas-based the Boot Campaign to launch a fundraising effort benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation. UFC® fans are encouraged to “get YOUR boots on” by purchasing The Boot Campaign’s signature “give back” combat boots and apparel at www.BootCampaign.com/UFC , with proceeds benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation. Fans purchasing “give back” combat boots will be granted free admission to the UFC 130 after-party on May 28 at XS Nightclub at Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins didn’t pay the sanctioning fee to the IBO, so the IBO belt held by Jean Pascal is now vacant.
Trainer Michael Timm has joined WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. Timm had remained in Germany to prepare Jürgen Brähmer for his world title defense which was scrapped and Brähmer subsequently stripped.
Promoter Frank Warren has called on the BBBofC to grant super middleweight James DeGale an immediate rematch against George Groves who beat DeGale by close majority decision Saturday night.
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward has inked an endorsement deal with Everlast. Under the agreement Ward will exclusively train with Everlast equipment and apparel.
IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez’s team has rejected an offer to defend against Michael Katsidis in Australia.
Congratulations to Ricardo and Alina Conde, on the birth of their fifth child earlier today in the fighting town of Oxnard, CA. Anthony Conde weighed in at 6lbs 14oz.
Not much pro boxing this weekend, but on Sunday starting at 1PM at the Venice Recreation Center located on the famed Venice Beach in Southern California, there will be a free amateur show and some local pros are expected to show up.
By Brett Bonetti
Danny Green is totally focused on his fight with Antonio Tarver on July 20 in Sydney Australia. However, Green could have Bernard Hopkins in his sights after the “Executioner” became the oldest champion in boxing history with his victory over the 28-year-old Jean Pascal to claim the WBC Light Heavyweight title in Montreal on the weekend. Green must first defend his IBO cruiserweight title against former light-heavyweight champion Tarver but acknowledged yesterday that a fight against Hopkins would be scooped up by American TV giant HBO. “If I can defeat Tarver, HBO in America would love to put that fight on,” Green said yesterday. “Hopkins and I have history.” (more…)
Orlando Cuellar, trainer of Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) says he’s expecting an easy night when his fighter takes on WBC super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch. Johnson and Froch will meet in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing starting at 9 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Johnson and Cuellar have been working together since 2003, when Johnson (then a full-time construction worker) surprisingly beat top contender Eric Harding for the USBA Light Heavyweight title. They have gone on to win the IBF title against Clinton Woods, knock out Roy Jones and beat Antonio Tarver, among others.
Cuellar says he knows his fighter, knows what he can do, and doesn’t see him having any problems against Froch. (more…)
Brooklyn-based super middleweight Lennox Allen (14-0-1, 9 KOs) returns home to Georgetown, Guyana on Saturday night to face Kwesi Jones (7-1, 4 KOs) in a 12-round match for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title, at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Allen turned pro seven years ago in Georgetown. He moved a year later to Perth, Western Australia in order to advance his pro boxing career, but 18 months later he returned to Guyana. After fighting three more times at home, Lennox took advantage of an opportunity to come to the United States in 2008 as a sparring partner for Bernard Hopkins.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Undefeated Italian super middleweight Andrea Di Luisa (12-0, 11 KOs) won the first international title of his pro career last Friday night at The PalaMalè in Viterbo, Italy. Di Luisa outscored dangerous South American contender and former world challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta (24-6-5, 8 KOs) over twelwe caotic and cruel rounds and took the vacant WBC-Int Silver title at 168 lbs with the final scoresheets being 117-111, 115-113 and 118-112. (more…)
Hennessy Sports has announced that Wembley Arena in London will be the host for the eagerly awaited domestic super fight between unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury and current British champion Dereck Chisora on July 23rd. Emotions are running high as the two fighters got into an altercation during Saturday’s card at the O2 Arena. “Chisora’s talked the talk and now he needs to walk the walk,” said Fury. “I’m good to go, that’s my game walking the walk, so let’s see if he is man enough to get in the ring with a dangerous, young, live opponent for the first time in his career.”
Quinton Jackson versus Matt Hamill.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion versus an alumnus of the hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
On a UFC 130 card filled with intriguing bouts, it certainly is the matchup with the most at stake. No question about that. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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By Brett Bonetti
The Danny Green and Antonio Tarver promotional trail hit Perth Australia with a bang as both guys thrilled and entertained the Perth fans over two great days.
At the press conference on Friday morning, Tarver turned up in an AFL Fremantle Dockers Australian Rules Football jersey. Tarver announced to the gallery that he had been told that the Dockers had many players out of their next game due to injury, so the Magic Man was ready to step in to play the position “Centre Half Back” and help the team to victory.
Tarver and Green then had pictures taken with some of the Dockers cross town AFL rivals, the West Coast Eagles. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Maybe he’s from another planet. What Bernard Hopkins did on Saturday night in Montreal was unearthly. For the second time in a row he fought like the younger man in the ring when taking Jean Pascal to school in their light-heavyweight title rematch. When Hopkins missed making weight on Friday — by mere ounces, true, but nevertheless something that once would have been unthinkable by his iron-discipline standards — it seemed to offer a hint that the 46-year-old modern-day marvel might finally be starting to feel his age like any human would. Instead, Hopkins went out and fought an even better fight than he did when boxing a draw with Pascal last December. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Borrowing an expression from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, The Heavyweight Factory just “kicked it up a notch,” matching two former world champions on their June 4th card at The Seminole Hard Rock Live. Fellow Jamaican cruiserweights O’Neil “Give ‘Em Hell” Bell (26-3-1, 24 KOs) and Richard “The Destroyer” Hall (29-8, 27 KOs) bring their power-punching assaults to bear in a 10-round undercard bout.
Bell, the 36-year old former WBC/WBA/IBF cruiserweight champ fully expects a knock-down, drag-out war with his countryman and gym-mate. Although Bell recently changed his name to “El Yun El,” his furious fistic attack remains the same crowd-pleasing style that earned him the undisputed cruiserweight crown in 2006. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #3 super middleweight Les Sherrington (27-5, 17 KOs) suffered a upset stoppage loss to Kashif Mumtaz (7-24-1, 5 KOs) in round one at the Gold Coast hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Mumtaz dropped Sherrington with a solid right hand to the head and referee Alan Moore crowned Mumtaz at 1:20 when Sherrington couldn’t continue due to a fractured ankle. After the fight, referee Moore said, “Sherrington beat the count but I heard the bone crack as he went down and had no alternative but to stop the fight.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA, hometown junior middleweight prospect Keenan Collins (13-5, 9KO’s) made his successful return to the sport with a destructive first round knockout of Jorge Delgado 4-10, 2KO’s). The Pro-Am. card promoted by Kings Promotions also had five other entertaining bouts featuring evenly matched local talent.
The card was originally scheduled to feature local heavyweight contender Travis “GW Hope” Kauffman (21-1, 16KO’s) but he had to be scratched due to an injury. A new main event had to be made. Keenan Collins knew this would be a great opportunity and was eager to step back into the limelight after almost two years out of the ring. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian welterweight Chad Bennett (25-4-3, 16 KOs) defeated Diego Jesus Ponce (20-5-3, 4 KOs) of Argentina by six round stoppage to capture the WBF title on Friday at the Newcastle Panthers Club, New South Wales, Australia. Diego Jesus Ponce had suffered losses to world rated Serhiy Fedchenko in 2009 and Lucas Martin Mathysse in 2006. Bennett defeated Gary Bergeron by eight round decision in the USA in 2010.
At just 2-0 at middleweight, Brian “All American” Stann (10-3) is still fairly new to the division, but that’s not stopping the man who commanded elite forces in Iraq as a Marine from following a stringent set of goals for his UFC career at 185 pounds . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC
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